It's summer, you're outside near a pond or wetland of sorts, and you notice an interesting looking plant, it may have a spike-y pod, it may have an array of cottony-looking flowers, it may have an interesting collection of seeds... what is it?
More often than not, if it's green, grass-like, and it's growing, it can be broken down into one of three main categories: Rushes, Sedges, and Grasses.
Rushes are round, or rather their long stems are perfectly round and have no leaves coming from said stem. Some instead have a basal rosette of leaves which the stem grows from.
Let's put it all together, when you're out exploring and you come across a neat green plant but you aren't sure what it is, there's a nifty saying to help you remember...
Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have skirts that go half-ways around!
Now go out and explore!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.